Dublin born NINA HYNES swapped her studies in Trinity College for a more reclusive existence in a weather-torn corner of Donegal in Northern Ireland. It was there where she learned to play guitar and developed her voice. She then moved to France where she tested out her new-found talents by busking on the streets of Paris. Upon moving back to Dublin and playing on the popular singer/songwriter circuit, Nina decided to get a band together. After gaining a sizeable fan base and crafting some of the songs that would eventually end up on her debut release, she was picked up by Reverb, who immediately put NINA and her band into the studio to help finish recording her debut-in-progress 'CREATION'.
Once released, CREATION garnered amazing reviews from all corners. Nina ventured out on several U.S. tours in 2000/2001 to support the album. The tours successfully spanned the length/breadth of the USA's alternative scene with Nina's solo electro-alternative sound in tow. Amazon.com voted it No. 44 in their TOP 100 RELEASES OF THE YEAR. HITS Magazine called it "The last amazing find of 2000." Ireland's Hot Press tipped NINA as "One of the country's most exciting new artists." The Discovery Channel and Channel 4 featured Nina as an artist for broadcasts of The Lonely Planet stopover in Ireland.
Back in Dublin, NINA was regularly asked to share stages with acts as far ranging as Stereolab, Cat Power, David Gray, Terry Callier, Roxy Music and The Frames. She has collaborated with several other interesting acts. Two of her songs were included on an album by German Cellist Wolfram Hushcke released on BMG Classics (the album also features Marianne Faithful and Mimi Goese). She also collaborated with the late French avant-garde producer Hector Zazou on his Strong Currents release in 2003, where Nina featured as one of the guest vocalists next to Laurie Anderson, Jane Birkin, Lisa Germano and Ryuichi Sakamoto, among many others. Nina Hynes toured Europe singing and playing with the composer and former 4AD artist Harold Budd. She was also fortunate enough to be invited on stage to sing with the late Jeff Buckley during his very last visit to Belfast.
Nina's last album for Reverb Records ,STAROS, was received extremely well by critics and audiences worldwide. The album was recorded in Studio Black Box in France and Produced by Nina and ex-Frames member David Odlum with many of her favorite musicians including all of the members of The Frames helping out. The first single from the album, Mono Prix, was re-mixed for radio by the legendary Steve Osborne (Perfecto), whose other work includes New Order, Doves, U2, Placebo, Elbow and PJ Harvey among others. The brilliant accompanying video was produced by Irish animation company D.A.D.D.Y.
Nina Hynes has since moved from Ireland to Berlin and continues to record and release fantastic albums, the most recent on the German based Kitty-Yo label.
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